Top 7 Must-See Sky Events for 2017
Get ready to see an amazing eclipse, a comet encounter, close planetary pairings, and more celestial wonders.
Among the many eye-catching astronomical shows coming up, 2017 may be best remembered for the much anticipated total eclipse of the sun that will cross the continental United States in August.
In addition to that spectacular sight, sky-watchers will have a plethora of treats to look forward to in the coming months. To kick things off, an icy comet will swing by Earth in February, hopefully offering picturesque views. Elusive Mercury and giant Jupiter will both put their best faces forward as they appear their biggest and brightest early in the year. And in December, the annual Geminid meteor shower will put on an especially brilliant display.
Here's a rundown of these and other superb sky-watching events worth circling on your